Who are we? I suppose as Christians, you might answer that as “Servants of God,” or “Followers of Jesus,” or “Believers in the Savior,” or “God’s representatives in this world.” All of these are true. We see Him in charge and us under Him. He did a great work for us on the cross and by the empty tomb, and what an impact it has had on our lives! This is what the Bible tells us: “He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15, ESV). So, what does this mean for us in this world?
As part of our renewal process, we have been studying the Bible with regards to God’s mission for us. The Renewal Committee and Bible Class have been working hard at: naming our core values as Christ’s church here (what things are really important to us to be happening here); citing the mission He has given us to do; and stating our vision of what us doing our job looks like. This helps us in a couple of ways.
First, it helps us rally around our purpose. Instead of being a loose collection of believers independently doing their own things, we unify around what God wants us to be doing, each of us making our varied and unique contributions towards the goal.
Second, it gives us a standard by which we can make decisions concerning what we are and are not going to do. If a suggested event supports our mission, it gets the ok; if it serves a purpose other than our mission and outside our core values, as good as it may be, we have to turn it down since we have limited time and resources.
We have come up with statements and values that I, the Renewal Committee and Church Council can embrace. The rest of you now have the opportunity to consider and comment on these. This is important. This is a statement of our identity. This is who we are. Are we saying it the best way we can? Here are the statements:
Our core values are:
- Growing – an on-going, active, developing relationship with God
- Learning – education and mentoring to help people become better disciples of Jesus
- Caring – providing for needs of those who are and are not members of the church
- Sharing Jesus – informing those who do not know Jesus Who He is and what He has done for them.
Our mission is to share Jesus and together live for Him.
Our vision: powered by the Holy Spirit, we learn, grow, care and share Jesus. See the core values here?
On Sunday, September 9 we will take the Adult Bible Class time to talk about these statements. Is this how we want to describe ourselves? Let your voice be heard.
At 1:00 that afternoon we have a Voters meeting. We intend to adopt our mission and vision statements and core values at that time.
Be a part of the discussion! Pray that God use this to help us better center ourselves around the job He has given us of making disciples of all nations! Let us serve the Lord together with joy!